Cast & Artists
Piano: Johnny Iguana
Vocals: Berit Ulseth
Bass/Vocals: Zach Verdoorn
Drums: Matt Torre
The Claudettes is a part of Steppenwolf's LookOut Series - a multi-genre performance series, presenting a wide variety of work from a diverse array of voices and artists, emerging and established alike.
The LookOut Series takes place in the 1700 Theatre, an intimate cabaret style venue with a mix of seating options. All LookOut shows are general admission, and specific seats cannot be reserved. The 1700 Theatre is located behind Front Bar: Coffee and Drinks - Steppenwolf's new cafe and bar.
The Claudettes ONLINE
"A revelatory blend of jazz and blues, stirred with punk brio. There are also dashes of classical and world music, and enough stops, starts and hairpin turns to suggest the giddiness of Raymond Scott's cartoon music...How do they do it?"
—Greg Kot, Chicago Tribune
"Chicago’s premiere punk-blues piano-drums duo are back in high gear. Their fusion of sounds (ranges) from Otis Spann to the Minutemen and from Ray Charles to Raymond Scott…(and they) do wicked things to standards."
—Jeff Elbel, Chicago Sun-Times
"Definitely one you should be spinning…there’s enough energy going on to power your average Third World airport…barreling, hyper-saloon piano banging…you have to hear it to believe it…Chicago’s own neo-vaudeville barnstormers!"
—New CIty (Chicago)
"Call it 'Brother Ray Meets the Ramones,' 'Barrelhouse Thunder,' 'Chopin Meets the Minutemen'…or maybe, just call it great music."
—TONY SARABIA, WBEZ (CHICAGO NPR)
"Hits listeners upside the head with a mash-up of Otis Spann blues, Albert Ammons boogie-woogie, Ray Charles soul and 'Fess' Longhair New Orleans R&B. Catch them in a chaotic ballroom!"
"Like Keith Moon chasing a crazed, punked-up Little Richard… greasy rhythm and blues that makes the dance floor so slippery you need to sprinkle sawdust on the floor to keep from falling down…a great ride, one that'll leave you shaking and laughing and wanting more the next time this rowdy carnival comes to town."
—BLUES MUSIC MAGAZINE